Oct 11, 2011

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I Tell You the Truth | Matthew 6:2

I Tell You the Truth | Matthew 6:2

When reading the bible I noticed Jesus said the phrase “I tell you the truth . . .” numerous times during His ministry.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the son of God say, “I tell you the truth . . .”,  I figure it is a good time to listen and try to understand what He is referring to.  Today I will analyzing Matthew 6:2.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  3 But, when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 

This reminds me of a guy I used to work with.  He is a very nice person but a has a personality that you have to warm up to.  One day we received the news that one of our co-workers had experienced a close family loss but couldn’t afford a plane ticket back home.  A collection went around the office to raise enough money to help her get the plane ticket and cover any other additional costs that she might run into.  Once she receive the gracious gift, the woman thanked everyone who had given to her in her time of need and flew back home the next day.  Instead of leaving his gift a secret, my compassionate co-worker made it a point to tell everyone that he personally bought her plane ticket.  He wanted to make sure he was recognized for his good deeds and that everyone knew of the great act he did.  Isn’t it crazy how something so beautiful and kind can be turned into something so ugly?  Instead of keeping his good deed a secret and receiving his rewards in heaven, he decided to receive his reward in the eyes of mere men who ultimately looked down on him for boasting about his compassion.  It definitely is not fun to do something great and not be rewarded or praised for it on the spot, but just remember what God has promised once we come home!

 

 

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